Spotify Launches Spotify Platform, Allows for Third Party App Integration

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Spotify held a global press conference today to announce a switch to an open Javascript API format, enabling the integration of third-party apps into the streaming music service through a new feature called the Spotify Platform.

Spotify LogoThrough the Spotify Platform, third party developers will be able to build music-based Spotify Apps that will be at users’ fingertips via the Spotify App Finder, which will be integrated into the software. Though this new feature is not currently available for the mobile version of the app — its launch is exclusively on the desktop version of the software — Spotify founder Daniel Ek said that if it proves to be successful, a migration to the mobile platform is entirely possible.

“The new Spotify Platform will be bringing music to where it should have been,” said Ek. He added that the platform will be open for anybody to develop on, but that Spotify must approve the apps first before they are integrated into the digital music service.

During the press conference, Ek revealed that there will be 16 partner apps in the first wave of Spotify Apps, with 12 available from the launch of the beta preview, which starts today. A full consumer rollout of the Spotify Platform will take place “later in December.”

Spotify AppsThe 13 global partners that will be launching on the Spotify App Finder include Billboard, Fuse, The Guardian, Last.fm, Moodagent, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Songkick, Soundrop, TuneWiki and We Are Hunted, with Top10 and ShareMyPlaylists apps on the way, according to a press release from Spotify. There will also be three Nordic partners launching local apps (Spotify was founded in Sweden) including Tunigo in Sweden, Gaffa in Denmark, and Dagbladet in Norway.

To give the audience some idea of how the app integration will work, Ek showed off the Rolling Stone app within Spotify, which featured recommended songs, albums, and playlists from editors of the publication. Ek pulled up a review of the latest song from REM, which, in addition to the text from Rolling Stone, featured a link that would start streaming the song immediately.

He also did a quick walkthrough of the Tunewiki app, which scrolls the lyrics of whatever song you are currently listening to, as well as the Songkick app. The latter takes the artists that you’ve been listening to on Spotify and pulls up maps to show all of their nearby and upcoming shows. You can, in turn, buy tickets to the shows or view what the artists’ set lists were at their most recent performances.

And for all their utility, the addition of apps won’t cost users a dime. Ek confirmed during the Q&A session after the presentation that the Spotify Apps and App Finder feature will be available to both free and paid customers.

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